Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

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Can you ever know about someone's situation without living through it? Eighth graders learn more about understanding another person's experience and perspective with a lesson on empathy. After completing research about the lives of fellow citizens, learners present their conclusions to the class.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the civics extension activity in a social studies class when discussing the structure of a representative government
  • Have learners explore the additional research materials independently or in small groups
Classroom Considerations

  • The third part of a four-lesson series
  • Requires access to a class set of computers or tablets
  • If you're not connecting the lesson to the civics extension, consider adding additional research or discussion questions
  • The first link includes a set of curriculum that is available with user registration

  • Final activity prompts learners to complete an act of kindness for someone in their community
  • Provides a version of the unit in Spanish
  • Promotes empathy and understanding in the school and larger community

  • None
Common Core